"1) Public Art Policy and Process Plan
The Arts and Humanities Commission developed a Public Art Policy and Process Plan which was adopted by the City Council in June 2005.
2) Conway and Prince Georges Avenues Mural - Artists Selection and Design Process
A Call for Qualifications for a Public Artists Pool was issued by staff in April 2015. Fifty-five artists from across the region responded. Their submissions were reviewed by a subcommittee of the Arts and Humanities Commission which found 22 of the 55 artists to be qualified to participate in the planned public art pool. The artists advanced by the subcommittee were endorsed by the full Commission and their names were added to the public artists pool.
A scope of services for three public art projects - Flower and Erie Avenues, Houston Court, and Conway and Prince Georges Avenues - was sent to the artists participating in the public art pool in the fall of 2015. Four proposals for the mural on Conway and Prince Georges Avenues were submitted. The proposals were initially reviewed by staff to ensure that the work would be safe and to consider any potential long term maintenance concerns. The proposals were then advanced to the Arts and Humanities Commission which selected Mr. Kirby's work based on his experience, the unique quality of his work, etc. The Commission's recommendation was forwarded to the City Council. A single reading ordinance authorizing the execution of a contract for the proposed mural was approved in January 2016. The contract itself was finalized and executed in May 2016.
Mr. Kirby's initial design concept, developed after biking and walking the neighborhood on numerous occasions and meeting informally with residents, was posted online and displayed at the Community Center in June 2016. Councilmember Male and staff solicited feedback from the community which was shared with the artist. The Artist, Councilmember Male, members of the AHC and staff met on-site in early June to walk residents through the project and get additional feedback on the design. The design was re-worked and re-posted in July. A second meeting was held in August. The current design was accepted soon after this second meeting. Work on the actual project began in October 2016.
For a variety of reasons including the delayed approval process, poor weather conditions, unanticipated staffing changes and competing projects, work on the mural has taken longer than anticipated.
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